New Caledonia


Visiting New Caledonia with kids is surprisingly easy!  You can enjoy amazing French/Melanesian food whilst watching the sun set over the lovely Anse Veta beach just 2.5 hours flying time from Brisbane, Australia.  With a modern city on the mainland, and stunning islands to explore, why wouldn’t you pay New Caledonia a visit?

It’s surprisingly easy to both relax and be active enough to occupy the kids here.  Explore your surrounds in the morning and head back to your accommodation in the afternoon to take it easy, put your feet in the sand and enjoy a massage before watching the sun go down over the largest lagoon in the world.

If adventure is more your thing you can spend the day trekking, snorkelling, biking, horse riding, diving and even sky diving.  If you like to explore new cultures, you will be intrigued by the inhabitants ancient culture and the unique French/Melanesian fusion that is present all around, but most enjoyable on your plate.

I think one of the reasons that visiting New Caledonia with kids is so easy, is that the sea is everywhere!  We all know that beach holidays with kids are the easiest to manage.  The lagoon is the largest in the world and has been a World Heritage Site since 2008.

What to expect in New Caledonia with kids

Most strangers are friendly here and not bothered by toddler antics.  In general, it is an easy place to travel with kids.  The walking paths and roads are suitable for strollers in the city of Noumea, which makes getting around just that little bit easier.

I found using a baby carrier here more useful though as there is lots of opportunities to spend time at the beach.  (I used the Ergo Baby Carrier here.  See my baby and toddler carriers for travelling blog post for more details)

If you get a chance, you absolutely have to visit the Isle of Pines!  It’s a white sand, turquoise water paradise that dreams are made of.

My favourite places in New Caledonia with kids

The Isle of Pines was breathtakingly beautiful and unfortunately, we did not have time to stay long enough here. We loved the friendly service and location at the Oure Tera Beach Resort.  Make sure you check out the natural swimming pool.  It’s a real highlight of a trip to the Isle of Pines!

Although I am not a huge fan of cities, I found Noumea quite pleasant with excellent food options.  The markets were a highlight for me and I loved that it’s not a particularly overcrowded city.  We enjoyed the Le Méridien Nouméa Resort & Spa for it’s out of town location, spectacular sunset views and the lovely service and food we received.

…for next time

Unfortunately, we only had five days to spare when we visited New Caledonia!  Next time, we will definitely explore the islands and lagoon more as well as learning more about the ancient culture.

My blog posts on New Caledonia with kids:

Things to do in New Caledonia with kids

5 reasons to visit New Caledonia with kids

Highlights of my travels in New Caledonia with kids

Photographs of New Caledonia to inspire you to visit

Review of the Le Meridien Noumea in New Caledonia


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